Blockchain databases are best known for their use in Bitcoin transfers but extend much farther than that. The databases maintain a continuously growing list of records and are secure from tampering, making them useful in many other situations.
Microsoft's CTO of Academic Engagements Lee Stott mentions some of these:
“Blockchain is becoming… very interesting…and [is] crossing many business verticals. PokitDok and their vision for blockchain in healthcare called DokChain both UCL and Imperial in the UK have developed specific BlockChain institutes so I expect to see lots more exciting opportunities around BlockChain over the next few months.”
Using Blockchain Labs
By searching for “Blockchain” keyword, developers will see Blockchain Labs in the resources section.
They can then select create and fill in their details, and they are ready to go. A wide variety of blockchain artifacts are available to utilize. A more detailed tutorial is on the Microsoft Blog. Official documentation is also available.
The full release notes for Blockchain Labs are as follows:
“Supports public, private and consortium blockchains
Quickly provision development and test virtual machines
Minimize waste with quotas and policies
Set automated shutdowns to minimize costs
Create a VM in a few clicks with reusable templates
Get going quickly using VMs from pre-created pools
Build Windows and Linux virtual machines”